A hardworking family of taste-makers fashion delicious meals of Italian fare from cherished recipes and fresh ingredients. Each menu item speaks to the restaurant’s commitment to handmade, one-of-a-kind dishes. Hot and cold deli sandwiches are clutched between the kitchen’s freshly baked bread, and pastas and pizzas arrive dressed with sauce made each day from Mama Carlino’s original secret recipe and dashes of nostalgia extract. Fresh, handpicked veggies burst with color atop generously portioned pies, and spicy pepperoni and italian sausage plant hearty deposits in cheesy slices.
Bellagios Pizza, locally owned and operated since 1996, brews ripe batches of tomato sauce and tosses fresh disks of dough daily at their Wilsonville location, while crews at each restaurant sprinkle pies with delicious toppings to create a menu loaded with pizzas, grinders, and calzones. Heaps of spinach, artichokes, and juicy tomatoes guide wandering bellies out of the desert with the Oasis pizza ($10–$19.99), while the Butcher Block throws a crust-top party of salami, pepperoni, canadian bacon, and italian sausage ($10–$19.99), coming together in hearty harmony like a chorus of lumberjacks. Diners interested in a wider variety of toppings or in teaching children about medieval class structure can opt for a pie cleanly divided down the middle, such as a half-cheese, half-pepperoni pizza ($8–$17.99). Slathered with pizza sauce and adorned with meaty toppings, the Bellagio grinder ($5.99) competes with a host of calzones ($10.99) for the silver medal to the pizza menu's gold.
At Uptown Pasta, owner Tony Manuel shares his love of homestyle cooking with a menu that showcases rich, made-to-order pastas and traditional Italian entrees. Savory spheres of gnocchi à la bolognese simmer in a meaty sauce flavored with wine ($14), and meatballs or sausage pair with al dente tendrils of fresh spaghetti ($13¬–$14) to lasso traditional appetites or keep forks from flying away. Piping-hot ovens produce herb-rich delights such as the baked manicotti ($13) or meatless ziti baked Sicilian style with eggplant and cheese ($13), and seven specialty entrees sate heartier cravings for spicy shrimp fra diavolo ($13) or chicken pesto with olive oil, cherry tomatoes, and linguine ($13). At the customer's request, chefs will readily swap traditional noodles for gluten-free pastas or add extra ingredients for $2.